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The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
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This princess held her father to his word in the most unexpected way: by demanding to marry the stupidest man in Korea.
Irish pirate queen who led decades of rebellions against England, met face-to-face with Elizabeth I, and got official license to…
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Possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, a primary inspiration for Dracula, one of the most reviled women in history, and, I argue, innocent.
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One half of the odd couple of Crimean nursing - the jolly black businesswoman who swore by folk remedies, in stark contrast to Florence Nightingale's by-the-book Victorian approach to medicine.